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Preschool and Childcare Center Directors Job Outlook

Employment of preschool and childcare center directors is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupation. Working parents will continue to need help caring for children. The number of children who are of preschool age is increasing, leading to a greater need for child care and increasing the demand for preschool and childcare center directors.

Additionally, there is a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education, specifically preschool. Early childhood education is widely recognized as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development. As the number of preschool programs grows, the need for preschool and childcare center directors will increase as well.

From 2010 to 2020, employment growth of preschool and childcare center directors in the top employing industries is projected to be as follows:

Individual and family services51%
Child day care services30
Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional,
and similar organizations
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private12

Job Prospects

Workers with formal postsecondary education, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, should have better job prospects than those with a high school diploma. Those with a bachelor’s degree should have the best prospects.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition